Quota in place, Rahul's youth brigade to have women, Dalits at forefront
Express News Service Posted: Nov 05, 2009 at 0508 hrs
Lucknow Sticking to AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's agenda of
empowering Dalits and women, the youth wing of the Congress in Uttar
Pradesh will have reservation for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes
and women in all the 26 units of its central zone — where
organisational elections will be held in the first phase.
These units will be coterminous — covering the same area — with the 26
Lok Sabha constituencies in the zone. Enrollment of members in the
zone will begin from November 12 and will last a month. After
scrutiny, which is expected to take one month, central zone elections
will be held. Seats will be
reserved at the level of unit presidents and also in organisational
committees. The reserved posts will be selected by a draw.
As many as 25 per cent posts of unit presidents will be reserved —
half for SC/ST and half for women. As a result, three SC/ST members
and three women will become presidents in the central zone.
"At all levels, whether panchayat, state, Assembly and Lok Sabha
constituency, we will have reservation in the committees. Out of the
10 committee members at all levels, one post of general secretary will
be reserved for SC/ST, one for women and one for OBC or minorities,"
said Prakash Joshi, member of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Election
Commission who has been given the charge of UP.
Former state Youth Congress president Yogesh Dixit pointed out that in
the old structure, when district presidents were appointed by
nomination, there was no reservation.
To give a boost to the membership drive, Rahul Gandhi will visit all
the 26 districts of the central zone later this month. "His three-day
visit will only focus on the membership drive of youth Congress in the
central zone," said Jitendra Singh, AICC secretary in-charge of the
Besides Singh, Youth Congress president Ashok Tanwar and IYC general
secretary Virendra Rathore were in town on Wednesday to discuss
arrangements for the drive. To tackle fake membership, Singh said that
apart from forms, even the voters' list will carry photographs.
Asked about the role of those selected through the talent hunt, Singh
said those who wanted to contest election can do so. The others will
be given an opportunity to work in different cells and departments
after the elections. About 1,500 people will be involved in conducting
the elections, he added.
K J Rao, general secretary of the Foundation for Advanced Management
of Elections — which has been appointed to conduct NSUI and Youth
Congress elections — said no one convicted in a criminal case will be
given a chance to contest.
"We will also not allow those against whom a court has taken
cognizance of a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment of more
than five years, or where a chargesheet has been filed against a
person for any such offence," he added.
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